Our Claire is finding love…

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day. As a widow, the day is a bit of a sore point with me but this year I’ve decided to do something different: I’ve decided to show myself some love. However, scented candles and flowers and all that really isn’t me. So what else could I do? A little bit of research found a Lifehack article with this 6 step plan:

  1. Surprise yourself and find out how wonderful you really are
  2. Stare into the mirror of the past and the present
  3. Go on a special date with yourself
  4. Revisit your life-changing triumphs
  5. Change your perspective 180 degrees
  6. Play with your passions

The majority of these are about silencing my inner critic rather than treats. However, I think being kinder to myself on a daily basis is of far more value than an occasional treat. That way I get to feel good about myself everyday instead of just a few times a year.

Now, I don’t know whether it’s because of my upbringing but it almost feels wrong to have typed that last sentence. I imagine I may get ‘too big for my boots’ and someone will ‘knock me off my pedestal’. But, as this quote says,

“There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”

The quote is by Marianne Williamson from her book A Return to Love. The passage ends with this sentiment

“as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

So not only will I feel good about myself but others will too. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than that!

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